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Calcium

Main Ingredients:   Calcium

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Vitamins & Minerals
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6.1  Effectiveness
1.4  Side Effects
4.8  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 1 Calcium side effect and 2 Calcium benefits.

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Treatment Information
The two main types of calcium in supplements are carbonate and citrate.

Calcium Citrate is available under brand names Citracal or Solgar.

Calcium Carbonate is available under brand names Tums or Caltrate.

Some forms of calcium supplements are available in fortified foods including gluconate, lactate, and phosyphate. Calcium citrate malate is another well-absorbed form of calcium found in certain variety of fortified juices.

Calcium is primarily used in the prevention and treatment of calcium deficiencies.
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Effectiveness of Calcium by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Calcium, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 2.1% 4.3% 91.5% 2.1% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 0% 8.5% 83% 8.5% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 2.1% 95.7% 2.1% 0%
Breathing 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Confidence 0% 0% 89.4% 10.6% 0%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 6.4% 89.4% 4.3% 0%
Digestion 0% 8.5% 89.4% 2.1% 0%
Emotional Well-being 0% 0% 83% 12.8% 4.3%
Energy 4.3% 2.1% 80.9% 10.6% 2.1%
Eyesight 0% 4.3% 95.7% 0% 0%
Memory 0% 6.4% 93.6% 0% 0%
Mental Clarity 0% 8.5% 91.5% 0% 0%
Pain 0% 2.1% 91.5% 6.4% 0%
Patience 0% 2.1% 97.9% 0% 0%
Sexual Health 0% 0% 97.9% 2.1% 0%
Skin Complexion 0% 4.3% 93.6% 2.1% 0%
Sleep 0% 6.4% 87.2% 4.3% 2.1%
Stress Level 0% 6.4% 91.5% 2.1% 0%
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Commonly Reported Calcium Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Constipation 83.3% 16.7% 0% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 93.5% 6.5% 0% 0% 0%
Dizziness 95.7% 4.3% 0% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Fever 97.3% 2.7% 0% 0% 0%
Headache 95.7% 4.3% 0% 0% 0%
Heartburn 89.7% 6.9% 3.4% 0% 0%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 92.9% 3.6% 3.6% 0% 0%
Indigestion 96.4% 0% 3.6% 0% 0%
Leg and/or Foot Cramping 93.1% 6.9% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Nausea 90.7% 9.3% 0% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Calcium Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Bone Damage 92.9% 7.1% 0% 0% 0%
Dry Mouth 85.7% 14.3% 0% 0% 0%
Heartburn 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
High Blood Pressure 87.5% 12.5% 0% 0% 0%
Stroke 96.4% 0% 3.6% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Calcium
Since taking Calcium Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 2%
Fall 4%
Hospitalization 2%
Stroke 2%
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User Comments about Calcium
11 Jun 2014 I use Calcium for my bones. If I do a lot through the day . I will hurt a night. if I don't take them.
   —Posted by godbless4679
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02 Apr 2012 I was taking Calcium (usually calcium carbonate) in various forms; my teeth seem to demand it. My Chiropractor said that the body has a hard time with it. I was foggier in the head, mildly stressed. I took the Calcium Lactate (presumably from milk) in great moderation (I drink lots of milk anyway) and my body apparently tried dumping the Calcium Carbonate, as I got stiffer and had to lean on the Magnesium pretty hard for a while, plus I acquired a slight Calcium Carbonate taste in my mouth at that time. Now my head is a bit clearer, and I wake up more rested.
   —Posted by Gregory D. MELLOTT
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02 Apr 2012 I probably need to add that the needed dosage of Prilosec (or its generic) has since dropped by 1/2.
   —Posted by Gregory D. MELLOTT
10 Oct 2011 I feel calcium has protected me from broken bones
   —Posted by ann
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12 Sep 2011 great way to help promote health, mine come with vitamin d in it too
   —Posted by Anonymous
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06 Apr 2011 As a woman, I've been taught since I was young that extra calcium would be necessary for my bones and in taking care of the elderly, I can clearly see exactly what calcium depletion looks like! I don't want that for myself!
   —Posted by Anonymous
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